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Florida Panthers Hire Gerard Gallant As New Head Coach

Gerard Gallant

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The Florida Panthers have named their new head coach and it will be as expected, Gerard Gallant – the now former Montreal Canadiens ex-assistant coach.

Gallant, 50, has been the front runner to get the job throughout the process, beating out former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.

This will be the second NHL coaching opportunity for Gallant, after being the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets for parts of three seasons.

Dale Tallon on his new coach,

“We’re all excited about this. He has a reputation for integrity and his passion for the game is beyond approach. Ownership feels the same way I do.”

Gallant becomes the 13th head coach in the team’s history. He will now be reunited with Jonathan Huberdeau, who he won the Memorial Cup with at Saint John with the Sea Dogs.

In over 600-career NHL games, Gallant registered 211-goals and 1,674 penalty minutes. He had four consecutive seasons with over 30-goals and 200-penalty minutes.

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  • Camera Mike

    I’m excited over the possibilities with this hiring. Not going with Bylsma is a big risk as anytime you can land a Stanley Cup winner who is also trusted enough to coach the U.S. Olympic team it’s definitely a hire you must seriously consider, but Gallant’s success at the junior level shows he can teach th game and win while doing so. That is great news for the Panthers. My concern lies with the veterans. In my opinion last years vets failed to show the necessary leadership on the ice or in the locker room for our young players to learn from their mistakes and pull themselves out of slumps in anything approaching a timely manor. Hopefully Gallant can also connect with the vets and in a way that uses them as the teachers we need them to be.

    • Devin

      Watching the press conference today it seems we made the right choice. He plays the puck possession style and he said he likes “scoring goals” which is exactly what he needs. I have not heard one bad thing about him and he’s said to be a players coach. Excellent hire and phase 2 of the offseason starts Friday with the draft. Thanks for commenting!

    • Anthony Murphy

      Despite having a history of success teaching younger players, i’m willing to bet that his experience in the NHL will also help him relate to the veterans as well. I have been a fan of hiring Gallant since I first heard about the Panthers interviewing him.